Again, Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter – to one and all, especially those among us seeking its light, joy and hope all the more this year.

A couple hundred feet, but really a world away from its usual site in the flower-laden “garden of the Resurrection” outside, again from a starkly empty Altar of the Chair, here’s the video of the final event of this extraordinary Holy Week at the Vatican – the Pope’s Mass of this Easter Day…

…which, as ever, was followed by the traditional Urbi et Orbi message and blessing – again, one which took place against the kind of backdrop never before seen, an all the more staggering visual (top) as it made for Francis’ lone moment of the week in the mammoth nave of the Basilica:

Praise the Lord